Synonyms of reduce in English:

reduce


See definition of reduce

verb

1‘the aim is to reduce pollution’

SYNONYMS

lessen, make less, make smaller, lower, bring down, decrease, turn down, diminish, take the edge off, minimize

shrink, narrow, contract, shorten, foreshorten, truncate, taper, close, abbreviate, condense, concentrate, abridge

deplete, axe, cut, cut back, cut down, make cutbacks in, scale down, trim, prune, chop, curtail, limit

moderate, lighten, ease, dilute, mitigate, commute, qualify, alleviate, relax, abate

amortize

ANTONYMS

increase, enlarge

2‘he succeeded in reducing her to tears’

SYNONYMS

bring to, bring to the point of, force into, drive into

3‘he was jailed for five years and reduced to the ranks’

SYNONYMS

demote, downgrade, lower, lower in rank, lower in status

abase, humble, demean, belittle, humiliate, bring low

North American informal bust

ANTONYMS

promote

4‘ribs of beef have been reduced to £1.88 a pound’

SYNONYMS

make cheaper, lower the price of, cut in price, lower in price, cheapen, cut, mark down, discount, put on sale, offer at a giveaway price

informal slash, knock down

ANTONYMS

put up


Phrases

    in reduced circumstances

      SYNONYMS

      impoverished, in straitened circumstances, ruined, bankrupt, bankrupted, bust, insolvent

      poor, indigent, penurious, impecunious, in penury, moneyless, without a sou, as poor as a church mouse, poverty-stricken, destitute, necessitous

      needy, in need, in want, badly off, hard up, on one's beam-ends, unable to make ends meet, underprivileged

      British

      on the breadline

      informal

      broke, flat broke, cleaned out, strapped for cash, strapped, on one's uppers

      British informal

      stony broke, skint, without two pennies to rub together, without two farthings to rub together, without two brass farthings to rub together, in Queer Street

      North American informal

      stone broke

      rare

      pauperized, beggared